Obj is what I’ll export as into Poser in most cases.
My copy Poser Pro 2010 & Poser Pro 2012 both do one thing that Carrara doesn’t do and I’m very glad that Carrara doesn’t do and that is crash very often. I got sick of using 2010 and almost never use it and my 2012 I think I’ve only used about 6 times because of the crashing.
I also don’t like working with Poser’s lights. I can light a scene 10 times quicker in Daz Studio and about 5-8 times quicker in Carrara.
Poser does have some things built into it that you need to have a separate plugin for Carrara to do, that I would like to see Carrara be able to do.
Smith Micro I think tends to sell Poser as more of a plugin for other 3D apps. Smith Micro actually was giving Poser Pro 2012 away with Lightwave last year for example.
I’ll most likely end up buying Poser just because Smith Micro is making the program integrate even more closely with the other software they make and it will be easier to bring something into Poser first before bringing it into one of the other program. Poser has for me just become a plugin for other programs I use.
The next big release Smith Micro has planned this year is Manga Studio 5 EX. They totally rewrote all the code I understand and I think they are planning release to go with the Comic Con in California.
I’ve used Hex and found it to not like my computer that much. A few things like the ability to create 3D text doesn’t work right on my system.
For NPR with Carrara the Parchment plugin is another good plugin to use I’ve found.
The free sand plugin might be worth checking out too.
One thing I have noticed is that very little exists in the way of English tutorials on doing NPR renders in Carrara, most of the sites I saw that had any info on doing this were in Japanese. The few English tutorials just covered very basic explanation of doing a NPR. So maybe what is needed is some good tutorials on NPR and more tutorials on using plugins like Parchment, YAToon,
(Right now I’m trying to translate and go through a Tooning tutorial I found for Carrara on a Japanese site that covered a lot of stuff.)
YAToon is at the Carrara Cafe all the version of it that were made of it can be downloaded. I definitely agree with your post on Carrara & Poser.